Hidden Places

Avondale, Auckland NZ 2012 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Explore in your own backyard.

Or go walkabouts to places unknown, get lost and figure out your way back. Venture out for a surprise like I do (usually with my camera in hand and a stash of film).

I was on assignment by Metro Magazine to get images from several markets in Auckland City, including the pic shown here taken in Avondale Sunday market. More of a flea market, there were hidden gems everywhere. Finding people of all shapes and sizes, looking for knick-knacks, fresh vegetables, and some clown heads to toss balls at in exchange of prizes.

I have a genuine love of people, and when I am behind the camera I feel I create a sense of closeness. Maybe it’s more of a desire for something raw. When I don’t have a camera I notice I keep my distance and am considerably more reserved.

Wherever you find yourself, notice your instinctual responses. This self discovery can happen daily, it needn’t wait or become monumental. This daily reflection process has helped develop my work and the way I approach my practice.

No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something.”

– Garry Winogrand

Life in Color

Takapuna, Auckland NZ 2019 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

If you had the choice of seeing life in color or black and white, which would you pick?

Technicolor revolutionized the movie industry. They captured the natural reds, greens and blues and soaked them in their respective complimentary colors of cyan, magenta, and yellow, then ran them through a dye transfer process – thus creating the dreamy Technicolor image we all know and love (and if you don’t know, just watch any Hollywood movie from the 1920’s thru 1950’s and 60’s).

It was this combination of additive colors (Red, Green, and Blue) with their subtractive counterparts (Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow) which led to the revolution for color photography in the 1940’s, led by pioneer photographer, Jeannette Klute. Klute helped Eastman Kodak develop its own dye transfer process, and in the decades that followed, artists such as William Eggleston would go on to use this this film and create works of vibrant color that would almost jump off the page when you saw it. I am sure most people are familiar with the portrait of the Afghan Girl, shot on assignment for National Geographic by Steve McCurry, on delicious Kodachrome film stock (not too mention the gravure printing process adopted by National Geographic, which makes all the colors as deep as the Marion Trench).

Color is light, and light is life. It is a physical force, powerful enough to move you psychologically. Color brings back memories, it helps to connect us, show the world in all its glory, and it can bring us closer to a deeper understanding of ourselves.

I have just launched my new website, showing a collection of my photographic work from the last 15 years of shooting in color. I would love to know what you guys think, and also feel free to share it around!